A lot of ingredients go into making great wine, but one element often adds a magic touch: tradition. Many of the world’s greatest wine estates are family run, passed down from generation to generation for centuries. We caught up with three families of the wine world and asked them to share the best piece of advice their fathers gave them. Here’s what they had to say, along with three bottles to share with dad this Father’s Day.
In 1899, Giuseppe and Luisa Martinelli planted 3 acres of zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. Today, the Martinellis are regarded as one of the most important grape growing families in Sonoma. We recommend MARTINELLI “Giuseppe & Luisa” Zinfandel 2013 (Russian River Valley, California) $52, a rich and juicy zin to enjoy grillside with your dad.
"Take good care of the health of the vines or trees and they will take care of you. Same for the soil!” - Lee Martinelli Jr. on his father Lee Sr.
Acquired by the Boscainis in the late 1700s, Masi Agricola has remained all in the family for over two centuries. The Veneto estate remains a celebrated producer of Valpolicella and Amarone, its specialty. We suggest MASI “Costasera” Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011 (Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy) $63, a powerful, chewy red to relish this Father’s Day, or after a few years in the cellar.
“Something that I remember very clearly and think about often is the recommendation, ‘Son, in your life try to do something that you like and gives you satisfaction. It does not matter if it’s a mistake, as long as you do it your way. Don’t do what everyone else does already!’” - Raffaele Boscaini on his father Sandro.
Karen Fistonich, chairperson at Villa Maria, knew she wanted to enter the family business ever since she was a teenager. Her father George founded the estate in 1961, harvesting his first grapes the following year. The VILLA MARIA Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012 (Marlborough, New Zealand) $29 explodes with herbaceousness and citrus, a refreshing sip to help celebrate this Sunday.
"My father's mantra has always been quality. Over the years he has emphasized to me the importance of a single-minded focus on making quality wines, the need to ensure we have the best vineyards, best winemakers and good people in all areas of the business." - Karen Fistonich on her father George.
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